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A Singing Stream: A Black Family Chronicle

Film by Tom Davenport
Produced by Davenport Films with Dan Patterson, Allen Tullos, and UNC Curriculum in Folklore
Cinematographer: Tom Davenport with Zach Kreiger and Tom Rankin
Sound: Allen Tullos with Barry Dornfeld and Brett Sutton
Editing: Tom Davenport and Marcia Neidley
Copyright: Copyright 1986, Tom Davenport
57 minutes, Color
Original format: Film: 16mm, 1986
Distributor: Davenport Films
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The story of a gifted African American family from the rural South. With interviews and stories, and scenes from daily life, reunions, gospel concerts, and church services, the film traces the history of the Landis family of Granville County, North Carolina, over the lifetime of its oldest surviving member, 86-year-old Mrs. Bertha M. Landis. Particularly featured are performances by her sonsí gospel quartet The Golden Echoes of such songs as "Troubles of the World," "Going up to Meet Him," and "The Old Rugged Cross," and family and church performances of "Mighty Close to Heaven," Come and Let's Go to that Land," and "There's Union up in Heaven."

There is so much song, laughter, love and genial warmth in "A Singing Stream: A Black Family Chronicle" that your TV set could very easily overheat.
--- Richard Harrington, The Washington Post


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